Another Strange Woman In The Attic The always clever and cunning Sherlock Holmes manages to crack another case in Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story named The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire. The short story is part of twelve Sherlock Holmes stories, which were collected between the years 1921-1927 and published under the following name The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. The intricate short stories were first published in January 1924 by The Strand Magazine in London, and they proved to be immensely popular amongst their readers. In total, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote fifty-six short stories with Sherlock Holmes starring as his leading detective. The creation by Conan Doyle of the cunning character Sherlock Holmes, the master of deduction, has celebrated …show more content…
Specifically, the focus will be on Feminist critical theory, and eventually provide a detailed critical analysis of the short story. Thus, the story begins when Sherlock Holmes receives two strange letters concerning vampires from Sir Robert Ferguson, in which the gentleman explains that he believes his Peruvian wife attacked their child and drunk his blood. The fact that Mrs Ferguson is from Peru, therefore a foreigner, is made abundantly clear several times; “”Yes, she is very jealous – jealous with all the strength of her fiery tropical love” and “in her arms a very beautiful child, dark-eyed, golden-haired, a wonderful mixture of the Saxon and the Latin” (Doyle 4-6). Furthermore, Mr Ferguson is a tea broker which hints at the Post colonialism aspect as well. She, Mrs Ferguson, is described as alien and violent due to her foreign birth; “The lady began to show some curious traits quite alien to her ordinarily sweet and gentle disposition” (Doyle 2). Additionally Mrs Ferguson is even compared to an animal; “The silent, watchful mother seemed to be lying in wait as a wolf waits for a lamb” (Doyle 2). What is more, Ellen Harrington stated that; “”The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire” toys with the possibility of violent female sexuality in a foreign woman, whom [Sherlock] Holmes redeems by showing her true humanitarian motives”
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Sherlock Holmes novels are the face of mystery, featuring literature’s greatest detective, but one might ask, how does The Hound of the Baskervilles fit into the genre’s common conventions? Mystery being a sub genre of genre fiction novels, it has many common conventions found throughout the majority of the novels. In the average mystery, the plot focuses around a crime, commonly a murder or a robbery, in which the culprit must be found by the protagonist. The crime in Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles is that Sir Charles Baskerville has been murdered, or frightened to the point of death. Generally the protagonist who solves the mystery, has a dominant character flaw and/or defining characteristic which aids them in cracking
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